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Unlike the introduction to Psychology class I am currently enrolled in, this course focuses less on figuring out why humans behave a certain way and more on how the human mind works. “The Brain and Space” is all about spatial recognition: How does the brain see? How do we adapt to changes in our environment? How do we notice these changes? How can we tell the difference between various objects like trees and bushes? How can we tell when something is far away or near? To make it clearer, The Bra...
I am taking an online intro to psychology this summer through Coursera. I will be documenting my journey here. Similar to most courses that I’ve taken, the class starts with a history of psychology, with a special focus on American psychology. The first reading focused on the development o...
Social multimedia tools such as Vialogues play a crucial role in disseminating information and guiding in the process of informal self-directed learning (SDL). One advantage of such collaborative digital platforms is that they allow users to select and access educational content at their convenience. This implies that these platforms permit flexible and tailored learning environment based on the users’ needs. Likewise, these platforms permit learners to socialize by commenting on the learning content and providing important insights, which sets a foundation for a social network. According to L...
Closing the loop is an automated technique defined as completing “the cycle of system design, deployment, data analysis, and discovery leading back to design” (Liu & Koedinger, 2017). It enables automated detection and intervention if needed, which can be considered a form of feedback. It also allows educators to modify the course content or even create a personalized curriculum or course plan based on the student activity and performance. Consequently, this improves the learning outcomes (Liu & Koedinger, 2017). For instance, Lawson, Beer, Rossi, Moore, and Fleming (2016) elaborated o...
Learning analytics dashboard (LAD) is one of the essential features on most online learning platforms. LAD is the hub that aggregates different indicators and metrics about learners and learning processes into visualizations. While informative, how effective these LADs are for self-directed learning needs further examination. In a recently paper, Matcha, Uzir, Gašević, and Pardo (2019) conducted a sy...
When it comes to self-directed learning (SDL), learners themselves decide which information and skills to acquire. They base their decisions off on the hypothesis created by them. This process is known as hypothesis generation, which is defined as the “formation of candidate explanations or models of a target domain, which then guide reasoning, prediction, and exploration” (Markant, 2018, p. 1). However, this process may be biased due to myriad factors such as perceiving information through one’s own cultural lens, inability to consider a different point of view, prior knowledge and experience...
Online materials are one of the most efficient professional development resources for educators. While many teachers have self-directed their own professional learning online, they might not be aware of some implicit decisions they are making during their learning process. Beach’s (2017) study on this topic aims to help educators and professional resources developers understand more deeply about how educators navigate these resources and what they learn from these professional activities. Fifteen elementary ed...
A schema is a cognitive framework that aids in organizing and interpreting information. Furthermore, it helps to find relationships between information and knowledge rather than treating each piece of information as an isolated knowledge entity. This is known as knowledge assimilation. Sheu and Wong (2006) have developed a Web-enabled learning tool called Knowledge Assimilation Schema (KAS) in order help business students acquire technical knowledge and skills. It consists of two following components: a knowledge representation framework and a knowledge acquisition process (Sheu & Wong, 20...
We are living in the world when many disciplines became interconnected and learning shifted from its traditional form. With the speed that the new information is thrown at us due to advancement in a technological development, our brain is using shortcuts to capture, process, and retain that information due to a limited cognitive load and working memory capacity. The human working memory can handle seven pieces (plus or minus two) of information at a time. Hence, techniques derived from the Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) are employed and one of these techniques is chunking, which is a natural proc...
Rhizr is an open curating and learning platform that encourages learners and educators to collect, archive and organize learning materials. By sequencing resources in various ways that make sense to themselves and others learners, Rhizr users are conducting active learning simultaneously. This process of organizing to learn on Rhizr echoes chunking theory in cognitive science. The chunking model is developed to explain observed performance differences between expert and novice learners. Experts are able to identify key issues of problems using perceptual cues...